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Tuesday, January 30, 2007

Bluestockings

One has to look harder these days to find places like this. The edges of the city have found the few remaining nooks and crannies in areas with quasi-affordable rents. This strip of Allen Street on the lower east side has a handful of countercultural and vegan establishments including Bluestockings, which was opened in 1999 by Kathryn Welsh as a bookstore by and for women. Their website and my visit there does appear to indicate that the original concept has been expanded with a broader range of subjects and activities (including readings): "Bluestockings is a radical bookstore, fair trade cafe, and activist center in the Lower East Side of Manhattan." Click here for their mission statement and website. The term bluestocking itself is fascinating, hearkening back to the 18th century British bluestockings, a women's literary movement which found its origins in the French literary salon movement. The term became used in a pejorative way to describe a literary or intellectual woman ...

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

Great place to know about in NYC -- really like these small bookstore cafes with specialty interests...

Jeremy said...

I discovered your site last year when planning another trip to NY. we were there Dec 06 .. and I contuniue to look at your blogsite .. the fantastic images along with the informative and interesting narrative & links ... make it a weekly learning experience about a city that I love ... Jeremy, Wellington, NZ .. a little country in the South Pacific !

Nathalie said...

Fantastic place! I love the expression 'activist centre' - sounds very attractive to me!!!

Jolie said...

Thanks for the wonderful photo. I have a reading to do at Bluestockings on August 25, and since I've never been there it's nice to know what it looks like.

Jolie du Pre
Author of lesbian erotica and erotic romance